5 star rating: Highly Recommended 69 Reviews

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  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Duration:  7-8 hours
Discover the Great Wall of China on this small group tour from Beijing. Travel to the restored Mutianyu section and climb the Ming Dynasty watchtowers for incredible views of the Great Wall and the surrounding countryside. You can descend the wall by toboggan or take in the aerial view by cable car (at an additional cost). You'll then enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch and finish your day back in Beijing. This small group tour has a maximum of 12 participants, allowing for a personalized Great Wall experience.

Highlights

  • Visit the less crowded Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China
  • Climb the Ming Dynasty watchtowers for amazing views of the Great Wall and surrounding countryside
  • Traditional Chinese lunch in a local village
  • Optional Toboggan ride or cable car ride down the mountain
  • Maximum of 12 passengers ensures personalized attention

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What You Can Expect

Great Wall of China Small Group Day Trip from Beijing

Great Wall of China Small Group Day Trip from Beijing

The Great Wall of China was originally built more than 2,000 years ago to ward off Hun intruders from the north. Today, the wall is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and makes a great Beijing day trip.

You'll travel by air-conditioned minivan to the less-touristy Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, located 56 miles (90 kilometers) from Beijing. This section of the Great Wall offers unparalleled views from the Ming Dynasty watchtowers. Walk at your own pace as you traverse the wall to the watchtowers, becoming immersed in the history and myths told by your local guide. Along the way, you will have great views and photo opportunities of the wall snaking through the beautiful countryside. You can choose to descend the Great Wall by toboggan or take the scenic cable car.

Scaling the Great Wall will leave you with an appetite.You’ll get the opportunity to try some Chinese specialty dishes as you enjoy a traditional lunch served in a nearby local village. You'll return to Beijing after lunch.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our best tour guide yet - this is a must event when in Beijing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

One of the best things we did ! the tour guide she was amazin, and she sat with us at lunch, the small group was very nice and the wall was mainly empty ! amazin day !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

tour guide friendly, informative and experienced

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I can warmly recommend this tour. I had a very early appointment at 7 am so we arrived at nearly 8:15 am at the Mutyanu section of the Great Wall. It was really great, quite little people only at this time of the day.
I was alone with my guide, Vivian, and with the driver. Vivian was interesting and friendly and I learned lots of things with her. The drived us safely and the car was clean. At the end of the visit, we were in a chinese restaurant for local people. So, real and excellent chinese food not for tourists.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent hours at the Great Wall. I would have liked more details of the history of China but the tour was perfect with a lot of time to walk around the wall and take excellent pictures. The guide was very nice and took us only two people to a simple yet delicious local restaurant!! Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Trip started on time. We have arrived on our destination quite early, so we haven't found many tourist. The guide was really nice, either explaining the history of and behind the Great Wall, either discussing several subjects about China. An excellent cultural and social experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Excellent Trip! Kevin did a great job keeping us informed and entertained.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Our tour of the Great Wall at Mutianyu was absolutely remarkable. Our tour guide Jerry was very good and couldn't be more accommodating. At first, we were not too keen on the very early departure time of 7AM because let's face it, nobody wants to get up early when on vacation. However, in the end, we appreciated it because we were able to enjoy, and I mean ENJOY, the Great Wall sans the hordes of tourists just check out the pics.

The wall at Mutianyu, being a tad farther away from Beijing than Badaling, is a perfect choice for people who want to avoid the throngs of tourists who descend on the more popular with Disney like atmosphere Badaling section of the wall. Upon arrival at the park, we took the cable car CNY 100 roundtrip to ascend up the mountain which was a very convenient and practical way to get up there because it allowed us more time to spend at the wall instead of climbing up the mountain.

Walking on the wall was just surreal. Also, because we were there during the cherry blossom season, the blooms just made it more picturesque. We started at tower 14 and walked all the way to tower 21 which is the endpoint where tourists are allowed. CAUTION!!! To fully enjoy the view from the top of tower 21 which also happens to be the highest point where tourists can go, one must be relatively fit to climb the steep and unforgiving last 500 steps up. Otherwise, take your time with plenty of rest periods and you will be rewarded with sweeping views of the wall, the mountains and the valley below once you get to the top.

We were a little apprehensive about the lunch prior to it because of previous experiences. However, the lunch that was provided actually tasted good. To add icing on the cake, this tour DID NOT include a stop at factories or stores or markets that tend to predominate and sabotage great experiences.

Overall, I highly recommend this tour.

Meghan Michelle
United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour was amazing!!!! Jerry is a great guide, and went the extra mile to make sure the trip was perfect for us! I would definitely recommend this tour in particular because it takes you farther away from Beijing so this section of the wall is less crowded. You also get an early start so when you arrive you are almost the only people on the wall!! If I ever go back to China, I would hire Jerry to conduct every tour for me!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Great tour, knowledgable your guide, lunch included. More suitable for the physically fit to get the most out of it, but still accessible by cable car for those seeking a less physically demanding tour. Toboggan ride was fun for an extra fee.

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